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Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Motor vehicle service and repair industry (motor mechanic/ diagnostic technician).

Overview of the course: 

The Level 3 is a Technical Level Qualification for students wishing to specialise in the automotive sector as a motor vehicle diagnostic technician. Learners studying this qualification will receive specialist knowledge and skills, enabling them to go into employment or an advanced apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair or progression to a higher education course. It will be taught by an Audi master technician and an experienced motor sport technician with more than 45 combined years of experience. The program will consist of all aspects of diagnostic and rectification of vehicle systems.

Entry requirements: 

Level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintanence and Repair.

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.



• Diagnosis and rectification of vehicle mechanical and electrical faults on all vehicle systems.

• Routine vehicle maintenance

• Removal and replacement of vehicle units

• Hybrid systems

• Air condition

• Satellite navigation and ICE

How is the course assessed?: 

Online multiple choice tests and practical assessments in the vehicle workshop.

Further study options after this course: 

This qualification will prepare you to become a light vehicle service technician and work at an independent garage, a large manufacturer or even in your own business. These skills will ensure you working with minimum supervision, having a good record of safety and fault correction, and ensuring work meets the required standard. It will also prepare them to become a MOT tester.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time.

50% of the program delivered in a classroom environment. 50% in the workshop. Students will be required to carry out independent learning using IT resources made available to them.

This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


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When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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